The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.

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Today we went to town to a little restaurant that sells THE most delicious coffee (in small cups) with iced water on the side. Continue reading



Do you know the answer? It’s not anywhere I can find…

If you bomb a chemical weapon facility as England France and the USA have just done, what happens to the chemicals in the weapons?

Do they simply evaporate safely, blown to dust, never to be seen again?


Do they rise into the air and settle back down as a toxic compound in a vast radius around the bombing?

What happens to the chemicals in the weapons, once the weapons and chemical producing facility has been blown up? Answers welcomed!




Fake news circa 1807

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. . . . I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.” (Thomas Jefferson, June 11, 1807)

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War Drums – meditation

I hear the drums of war in the announcements of Governments.  And in the Press. Continue reading

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Absorbing Culture

This Furlong was a History major. I was horrified a few years ago when I was at the hairdresser. I made a joke about Marie Antoinette going grey overnight. My hairdresser, fresh out of education, said “Who is Marie Antoinette?” Continue reading

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Lemon juice, academics and Thabo Mbeki

When we left Africa twenty years ago Thabo Mbeki was the president of South Africa and Mugabi was the President of Zimbabwe. Continue reading

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It’s better to be an ostrich and bury your head in the sand nowadays. Continue reading